In emergency situations, you can use your Android phone as a touch mouse pad in Windows. Let me show you how it's done.
Recently, while I was working my wireless mouse got turned off due to depleted batteries. To make things worse, I don't have any spare batteries or a wired mouse. Though I can find my way using just the keyboard, having no mouse to work with is a tad bit uncomfortable.
Thankfully, Windows has an app for everything and so does Android. So, using the Android phone's touch screen as a mouse pad in Windows is nothing hard. In situations like mine, having the option is pretty useful until you can get your hands on a real mouse.
Without further ado, let me show how you can do it in simple steps.
Note: For this to work, your Windows system and Android device should be on the same Wi-Fi network or local network. If not, the below method will not work.
Steps to Use Android Phone as Mouse
To use Android as a mouse, all you have to do is create a new server and client functionality between your Android device and Windows system. In this case, Windows acts as a server and the Android device acts as the client. Though sounds complicated, it is pretty easy to do.
1. First, go to Play Store and install the Remote Mouse app on the Android device you'd like to use as a mouse.
2. Now, download the Remote Mouse server application from the developer site and install it like any other Windows program. (In the developer website, click on the "Get Now" button).
3. After installing the server application in Windows, open the program as an administrator. Just search for Remote Mouse in the start menu, right-click on it and select "Run as administrator" option. Once opened, it will sit silently on the taskbar.
4. Now, in your Android device, open the app drawer, find the installed Remote Mouse app and open it.
5. As soon as you open the app, it will scan the local network and lists your Windows computer.
If you don't see your system, make sure the Remote Mouse server application is running on Windows and both devices are on the same local network.
6. Tap on your system in the list and you will see a large empty screen appear. Just move your finger over the empty space and the mouse pointer in Windows will move accordingly.
Since Remote Mouse acts as a virtual mouse pad, you can use all the regular gestures like two-finger vertical swipe for scrolling, double-tap for double-click, pinch to zoom, etc.
If you want to, you can customize the gesture options in the Remote Mouse Android app. Just tap on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) appearing on the bottom left corner and scroll down to the TouchPad section.
When you are done using, simply exit the apps on both Windows and Android and you are good to go.
Cannot Connect - Troubleshooting
If you don't see your PC listed in the Remote Mouse app, you can manually add it too.
First, make sure that the Remote Mouse application is running with admin rights in Windows. Next, right-click on the Remote Mouse taskbar icon and select "Preferences".
In the Preferences window, click on the "Show QR Code" button. This action will show you a unique QR code in your web browser.
Now, in the Remote Mouse mobile app, tap on the "Add (+)" button appearing on the top-right corner and select the "Scan QR Code" option.
The above action will launch the QR scanner. Simply scan the shown QR code and you will be connected to your PC.
As an alternative, you can also manually enter the IP Address of your PC by selecting the "Connect by IP" option in the Remote Mouse Android app.
Wrapping Up - Android as Mouse Pad for Windows
As you can see, it is pretty simple to create a virtual mouse pad for Windows using Android. Since all most all Android device screens are built with scratch-resistant and ultra-smooth glass, it feels great and the gestures are pretty responsive too.
Other than the mouse functionality, the Remote Mouse app also has other features like the ability to send keystrokes, media controller, web remote, etc. Play around with the Android app and you will find plenty of options to quickly extend the functionality and even customize the app.
However, these additional functionalities are locked behind in-app purchases. That being said, if you are looking for that additional functionality, the app is worth your money.
Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.
If you like this article, do check out how to link Android device to Windows 10 and how to change mouse pointer size and color in Windows 10.